Adam Cole recently spoke with Rolling Stone about various topics. Here are the highlights.
On who he wants to wrestle in NJPW: The number one guy for sure for me is Tanahashi. The first time I saw him, I was like, “Oh, that guy is a rock star.” The way he carries himself, the matches he has, are just unbelievable. Tanahashi vs. Adam Cole could be something really special.
On changes in the landscape of wrestling: I feel like this is the closest to the Attitude Era that we’ve had, just in the sense that we legitimately have no idea who is going to show up where. It’s crazy. Anyone, in any company, could show up anywhere. Not only are some of people’s favorite independent guys going to the WWE, but you’re having guys leave WWE and show up at a Ring of Honor show, or New Japan, or whatever. It’s not only exciting for the wrestlers, it’s exciting for the fans.
On WWE changing their mindset on who they sign: The biggest thing for sure is just that they’re giving opportunities to guys that before wouldn’t have gotten that opportunity. At the end of the day, the cream rises to the top. Now, pro wrestling is realizing the market for that style of wrestling, and that style of wrestler. They’re starting to pursue that type of wrestler. You see it all the time in NXT and PWG and Ring of Honor and New Japan, and now you see it in main events of WWE pay-per-views. The whole wrestling landscape is changing, and it’s changing for the better.
Cole also talked about working in NJPW and more. You can read the entire interview here.